It was great being at HR-57 Thursday night to see Brandon Cutrell bring his After Party to DC from NY (although billed as Act III for contractual purposes) ! The whole package was there — Brandon’s outrageous hosting and phenomenal singing, Ray Fellman’s amazing work on the piano, a host of talented house performers, interesting drop-ins, and a boisterous crowd.
The biggest congratulations go to producer Chase Maggiano for corralling 50+ people to a Thursday night event that started after 10pm ! And they drank and seemed to be having a great time.
Brandon Cutrell brings an edgy, audience-focused energy to his duties as emcee. He has developed a fascinatingly uninhibited, spritely persona. He occasionally veered into territory that made even this audience uncomfortable; but I can’t say that any of his New York audience are more comfortable with some of the material, just more used to it.
A lot of amazing singing. Ellen Harvey from the tour of Mary Poppins astounded with Sensitive Song (see below) and With One Look and there were appearances from Avenue Q cast members and Will Gartshore. And all was supported by that great, incomparable Ray Fellman on piano.
Congratulations again to Chase Maggiano — and I’m looking forward to his further producing ventures!